Book Review--Unsavory Truth by Marion Nestle

The latest book from Marion Nestle is a fascinating look at the world of nutrition science, how the food industry is involved, and the complicated ethical considerations. Most readers won't be surprised to learn that food companies play a huge role in nutrition science, but they'll likely be shocked at how widespread and entrenched these companies area in all facets of research, funding, policy making, and more. The reason is on both sides is obvious--financial incentive. Funding for research isn't easy to come by, and companies need research and experts to lend credence to the efficacy of their products. 

Ms. Nestle provides evidence to show studies tend to yield conclusions that favor the sponsor's interests, and she makes an interesting distinction that consumers should be aware of--the studies that prove a foregone conclusion are marketing research, not nutrition science. Full disclosure of conflicts of interest is a good place to start, but is it enough?

Conflicts of interest can be impact everything from nutrition organizations to medical journals to well-respected nutrition experts. If you've ever tried to research the pros/cons of certain nutrients, supplements, or diets, you likely found studies with opposing conclusions. How do consumers know who to trust? Ms. Nestle has a few ideas everyone can employ, starting with voting with your fork, questioning studies that seem too good to be true, contacting your congressional representatives about corporate influence on nutrition science, and more. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in nutrition, food policy, and the integrity of science as it relates to food.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release date October 30, 2018

Release date October 30, 2018

Book Review--Cooking From Scratch by PCC Community Markets


This cookbook is full of recipes featuring fresh produce with an emphasis on sustainability and supporting local growers, and the encouragement to make the recipes work for your dietary considerations. I loved how the authors teach readers how to build popular dishes with different flavors, including chowder, hash, sangria, vinaigrette and energy bars, as well as how to select and cook with popular produce.

The book is organized so readers can easily plan meals according to what's in season. I appreciated the recommendations for drinks and dishes that pair well with each recipe. The recipes are accessible for most cooks and focus on a simple approach that highlights the flavor and nutrition of the fresh ingredients. I bookmarked too many recipes to list them all, but I'm especially excited to try the Egyptian Red Lentil Soup, Blueberry-Nectarine Caprese Salad (this one is gorgeous!), Peach and Pickled Onion Salad with Brown Rice, Pomegranate Molasses Grilled Chicken, and Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Spread (Muhammara).

This is definitely a book I'll recommend to nutrition clients because it's a wonderful introduction to the easy, delicious results you can achieve when cooking with real, fresh and seasonal foods.

Release date is September 18th, 2018.

I received an e-copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A copy of this review is also posted on my Goodreads page.

Book Review--Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? by Mark Hyman

I've read most of Dr. Hyman's books and this is my favorite to date. As a nutritionist, I'm frequently asked, "What should I eat? Which diet is best?" This book not only effectively answers those questions, but it also provides solid science and easy recommendations anyone can incorporate. I loved that the book is broken down into food categories and each chapter starts with a true/false quiz. Readers will learn the how and why behind healthy eating without having to worry about the latest fad diet. I appreciate that Dr. Hyman explored ethical options for each food category, dispels common but pervasive food myths, and also tackled topics like GMOs, artificial sweeteners, beverages.

If you've ever wondered which diet is best and how you should really eat, read this book. It's a resource you'll refer back to time and again. And don't forget to try the recipes--they're simple, delicious, and full of the nutrients we need to stay healthy.

I received an e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Book Review--Judgment Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein

I've read most of Gabby Bernstein's books, and Judgment Detox will satisfy readers who love her forthright but loving teaching style. And like her other books, it will challenge readers to face plenty of uncomfortable thoughts and moments with the ultimate goal of freeing them from that unnecessary emotional weight.

What I like best about this book is that she clearly and thoughtfully takes readers through techniques to acknowledge and address the judgments that hold them hostage. The tools are simple, but the results are not. I admit I experienced plenty of resistance when I first made my list and worked through the exercises. I love that she included EFT scripts, and I found those and the daily meditation practices helpful. This book isn't meant to be a quick read, but it's worth the time you'll invest in it.

I received an e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.